WAYLAND — On Thursday, May 17 the Wayland- Cohocton High School Timber Framing STEAM Class raised a timber frame at the Firehouse in Atlanta as their culminating project for the year.


Three years ago Science Teacher, Rob Hughes and Tech Ed Teacher, Jim McLaughlin, teamed up to co-teach a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) course called Timber Framing at Wayland-Cohocton High School. Students in this class participate in the design, layout, cutting and raising of a timber frame structure. There is no part of the project in which the students aren’t involved.


“We try to offer the students a truly holistic experience that incorporates all of the subject areas. In fact we invite other teachers to come in and guest lecture on various topics,” Hughes said.


Four years ago, McLaughlin and Hughes approached the superintendent and school board with an idea: to develop a course that combined physics, environmental science, math, design technology and building skills to create the timber framing course. With the full encouragement of both the board and the superintendent, the two moved forward with their curriculum.


The result is an award winning course. In 2016, the first year of the class, Hughes and McLaughlin received a STEM Project Award from the Finger Lakes Science Council. Recently, the course has been approved for accreditation by Alfred State University and the district will soon be offering college credit to the students who take the course.


Each year the students design and construct a timber frame as a Community Service Project. The service organization pays for the materials, sets the criteria, and the students do the rest.


The first year, the class built a Lunch Pavilion on the Wayland campus outside the high school cafeteria. Last year, they build a frame for the Cohocton Lions Club located on the Village Green in Cohocton. This year’s frame, the most complex so far, is located behind the firehouse in Atlanta. It will be used by the fire department and the Atlanta Legion to host chicken barbecues and steak roasts.


“What a great opportunity for students to learn real life skills and leave a permanent mark on their community,” High School Principal Eileen Feiman said.


“I have never spent so much time working on, or had as much pride for a school project as this one. This project was the ultimate experience for me and I will never forget the effort, and energy we all put into this piece of artwork,” High School Senior Ayden Cotter said.


The class is looking for future projects and if your organization is interested please contact the Wayland-Cohocton High School.


Students involved in this year’s project are:

Zac Babbitt, Aydan Cotter, Mackenzie Curtin, Kevin Ebert, Asher Fox, Molly Fox, Jeff Fox, Alicia Guarasci, Garrett Kelledy, Kevin Klimm, Izzy McClure, Zane Monroe-Simonowicz, Anthony Sarago, Greg Schwab, Joe Shoram